November 17, 2011

Brrring it on

Posted in Dismantling the back tagged , , , at 9:26 am by stonebankblog

Front window on the Stone Bank in Bottineau, ND

It was 3 below this morning in Bottineau, N.D. At this hour it’s 0 degrees. With wintry weather upon us, it’s amazing that our stone mason says he is ready to go tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 18) on removing stones from the back of the building. (But with some of the stones weighing in at 300 pounds, I guess he will stay warm.) It’s time for this — and it’s the best way to fix what’s wrong the building’s substructure.

We have the money to do this work, but we’ll need your support to help rebuild it. Hit the “donate now” button on Or buy one of our cool T-shirts — all profits go to the Stone Bank project.

And watch the progress as the back of the building comes down. We’ll post daily updates. Joe, the stone mason said it will take him less than two weeks to get ‘er done.

November 14, 2011

Going down

Posted in Dismantling the back at 6:38 pm by stonebankblog

It’s starting to feel real. Part of the Stone Bank is going to be dismantled beginning Friday, Nov. 18

To save the whole building from demolition, we are having the rear 20 feet of the structure dismantled.

The damage around the window in the back of the building is the most obvious problem, but the back 20 feet of the building is tipping away from the front.

The dismantling will take the back wall, go around the corner and take the arched window, the door and the next window.

It’s quite a bite, but we need to take down the distressed part of the structure to get at the underlying problem: The foundation.

Our stone mason, Joe Whetter, confirmed today that he is ready to go. And he’s not worried about the cold. When you’re lifting stones that weigh up to 300 pounds each — no worries.

The dismantling will end about a foot from the right side of the window at right.

Here’s the section of the building that will be dismantled soon.

Joe will mark the stones and stack them on pallets, so he can reassemble it again next year.

POP QUIZ: Why are we dismantling it?

A: To fix the foundation.

We’ll keep you posted as the project moves along!


November 11, 2011

Stone Bank mystery — solution

Posted in History at 12:25 pm by stonebankblog

Why were all those sinks stored in the basement at the Stone Bank? Nobody guessed it. But here’s the story. The former owner of the bank building told us that they date to when the building was Bottineau Clinic. A ha!

When the clinic moved out, they left the sinks behind. And they have been down in the basement for more than 50 years!

Mike Dorsher carried the sinks out of the basement and a lot of waste out of the Stone Bank building. Note that we have tossed the kiddie pool/rain catcher.

And here’s to the handsome and strong gentleman who carried all the sinks up and out of the building. Mike Dorsher is a good friend of the Stone Bank.

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Another mystery coming soon.

November 10, 2011

Stone Bank mystery

Posted in History tagged , , at 11:45 am by stonebankblog

Well, well, well. Look what turned up in the basement at the Stone Bank – Bottineau. Why did all these sinks end up down there?

Four of the six sinks we found in the Stone Bank basement. Why so many?

Hmmm. What do you think? I’ll post the solution later today.

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November 7, 2011

Progress at the old Stone Bank

Posted in Updates tagged , , , at 10:08 pm by stonebankblog

Months of work, study and consultation — brought us to this point.  We are moving ahead with the first steps of the restoration. Today, the electric company placed a meter outside the bank.

The power to run the tools! We are electrified.

That means the contractors will have the power they need to begin dismantling the back of the building.

Don’t worry. We will put it back up, after we put a proper foundation under that section of the building, but that’s next year.

Asbestos? What asbestos? That’s what we will be saying next week, after our abatement is completed.

And then, our stone mason will begin marking the stones, in preparation for taking down the back wall. It’s for safety and to make it solid again. Work is set to begin Nov. 18.

Unclaimed raffle prizes!

Three lucky winners didn’t claim their prizes after our benefit this past weekend. See Karen at the Spectrum if you have the winning ticket for any of these. And thanks for attending.

Chocolatopia candy: Green ticket 275008

Brown wallet: Yellow ticket 003004

Salt-free seasonings from Penzey’s Green Ticket 275088

November 6, 2011

A turning point for the Stone Bank

Posted in Updates tagged , , at 8:16 pm by stonebankblog

Sunday, Nov. 6, was huge for the Stone Bank family — because we moved all of the last owner’s possessions out of the bank. The move was necessary, because the asbestos guy arrives Tuesday, and the floor tile is HOT. Our heroic work crew removed five four-drawer fireproof filing cabinets, three other files cabinets, three desks, carpet, paneling, five sinks and bags of unwanted stuff.

We filled a dump truck! But here is the great part.

As we were flagging a bit, after moving several heavy file cabinets, I saw two younger, fit and muscular men walking down the street. I asked if they had time to so do some volunteer work and they plunged in! Thanks to Brandon and James just in from California to move beehives for the winter. Amazing good luck that they happened by. High fives all around.We ended the day sore but proud that the Stone Bank Project is moving in the “get ‘er done” direction.Thanks to Larry, John, Dale and Mike for their heavy lifting. They are truly Stone Bank All-Stars. And a hug for the guys from sunny California, who helped move furniture in a snow squall.

Moving the fourth 800-pound file cabinet of the day. Passersby Brendan, quilted jacket, bottom left, and James, top left, plunged in and lent a hand to our volunteers, Mike, top right and Dale, bottom right.

November 4, 2011

Stone Bank Benefit ROCKS

Posted in Promotions/Contests tagged , , , , at 11:39 pm by stonebankblog

You coulda been there. You shoulda been there! Nancy Conger’s one-woman show “The Truth About Women and Horses” rocked the house Friday night in Bottineau. If you missed it, you have another chance. The show goes on again, Sat. Nov. 4 at the Holwell Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Check for the particulars. And it’s a great cause, because Preservation ROCKS.

November 2, 2011

Volunteers with strong backs needed — Nov.6

Posted in Volunteers tagged , , at 12:33 am by stonebankblog

Stone Bankers are removing office furniture from the building on Sunday and need a couple more volunteers to help with the heavy lifting. Really. We’re talking fireproof filing cabinets. This is in preparation to have an asbestos abatement on Tuesday. Drop an email to if you can show up at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Stone Bank on the radio

Posted in Promotions/Contests tagged , , at 12:29 am by stonebankblog

Frankly, I was so tired that I barely remember what I said. But the morning announcer on Sunny 101.9 was generous and thoughtful with his questions. We will try to get an audio clip for the website. And I will always get up early to tout the Stone Bank restoration.

The Truth About Women and Horses

Posted in Promotions/Contests tagged , , at 12:25 am by stonebankblog

Don’t miss this delightful one-woman show this Friday and Saturday at the Holwell Auditorium in Bottineau. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. It’s a good cause AND we have some pretty fun raffle items. Come join the party.

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